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Fragrant Gardening: How big a pot would I need for English Lavender?

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Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

September 9, 2011
12:23 PM

Post #8800834

How big a pot would I need for English Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia or vera) to grow fairly well?

It would not necessarily have to [u]thrive[/u] and reach maximum size, but flower and live for a few years?

I have heavy clay soil, rain 7-8 months per year, and would rather amend just a few pots to have very fast drainage, instead of a whole raised bed.

Also, my yard is small and I just saw some Lavender in the Oregon desert that was 3-4 feet across! I don't have room for much of that.



Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 12, 2011
11:07 AM

Post #8805158

I'm in 7A with that horrible clay soil too!! All my lavender are in the ground - although with a townhouse I don't have lots of room. I think it would depend how big you want it to get. I've seen lavender flower in 4" pots. I would probably go with a 3-5 gal size though if you want to go the pot route. That should allow them enough room to get a nice size so you can enjoy their fragrance. Good luck!!


Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

September 12, 2011
8:58 PM

Post #8806131

I think I was carried away by seeing these huge gorgeous Lavenders in the Oregon desert. I'll move them down a notch in my "must-grow" list. Maybe before I get to them I'll move to a drier climate and/or have some soil that drains worth a darn.

But if I get those Lavender urges again, I'll start them in a one-gallon pot and keep my eyes open for a 3 gallon pot.

Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 13, 2011
11:58 AM

Post #8806859

Come on down to California - not the southern part which is a desert and water is a shortage. Northern CA is good - good soil generally, and close to water sources

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